April 29, 2014

Man Overboard: Jack Keeps Making Waves

Jack is Back!

And not just on Cranky Fitness either; he returned from his reign in Spain a few weeks ago, and he's as funny as ever over at Jack Sh*t Gettin' Fit.  (My recent fave: his 5 Year Anniversary post. Note to self: steal that idea!)  But here Jack takes a different tack, to use yet another nautical metaphor, and shifts tone a bit.

So, as Crabby gets her own lazy post-vacation blog-challenged butt back in front of the laptop to recount a thrilling experience and shocking discovery in the produce aisle (which she will likely bore you with tomorrow), please welcome Jack back! --Crabby

Man Overboard Continued...

By Jack Sh*t

A funny thing happened on my way to creating a super-secret weight-loss blog where I could write seriouser… no, more serious… no, seriousier is right, isn’t it? Isn’t it?

Anyway, I started a blog project called Man Overboard where I could bitch and moan and whine and not be such a goofball like I am on my regular gig (Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit).

Because here’s the thing: I struggle with this healthy-living stuff just like most of you do. I keep my regular site light-hearted for the most part because that’s just the way it’s evolved over the five years I’ve been blogging, but still… I struggle.

Anyway, I started the second blog and (I suppose this is the funny part I was referencing earlier) promptly forgot the log-in info and locked myself out of it. Luckily, the Crankster knew my password; unluckily she wouldn’t share it with me so I was forced to run the posts over here.

(heh heh heh...I'm sneaky like that--Crabby)


On the journey to lose a lot of weight, some say the hardest part is that very first step.

The act of making up your mind to undertake a change.

I call BS.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve begun anew, drew a line in the sand and loudly proclaimed, “No more!”

Unfortunately, too many of those times were promptly followed by “more”.

More setbacks.

More complacency.

More self-defeatist attitude.

No, for me that hard part isn’t screwing up my courage to get started.

It’s to keep on keeping on.

Day after day after day after day.

Good choices.

Good level of activity.

Good God, everything is so delicious.

I am putting my head down and moving forward, confident that if I keep doing the things I should, I’ll eventually get where I’m going.

Just keep swimming.

Bruce: [reciting] “I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself.” –from Finding Nemo.


  1. Funny how we are all different. All the times before that i drew the line in the sand, somewhere, somehow, i knew deep down that it wouldn't last. Deep down, i knew i was willing to do what it takes to get the weight off, but i wasn't going to be willing to keep it off.

    The last time i started, i knew it was permanent. And it was. Somehow, it was easier. Not easy, just easier.

    Most people are the way you are, i think.

    1. Wow messymimi, that was very inspiring! Love that you just knew it was permanent.

      I tend to start off new initiatives with caveats and escape hatches, and lo and behold, I almost always end up using them.

      Maybe if I could nudge myself to that place of knowing that you get to?

  2. Yeah, well I think both are equally frustrating - the starting up after a week or two of wild abandon (or a month or year...you know) and staying in the game. Its all soooo freakin hard and all we are trying to do is be healthy dangit, not fly to the friggin moon.... anyway - I am encouraged that such a man as you also struggles. Thanks for letting us know. It helps to know i'm not alone in my denial, struggle, loss of interest, ect...it really does!

  3. I was diagnosed with cancer, that is what made me change my tune. Now I lift heavy things. Just three days a week. And I love it. I struggle with keeping my eyes on my own body and progress though. I don't want to look like or aspire to anything but loving on my shape, my body, my efforts. That is the hardest part for me, focusing on and accepting the body I am willing and able to achieve. I don't want to be 'lean' or eat 'lean', I just want a healthy, normal diet. I don't eat processed foods and hardly snack, I eat respectfully. Which includes an occasional cookie. Though now I want to find qumquats.


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